SV2G makes history in UK Parliament

Wycombe Steel Orchestra in Parliament

Wycombe Steel Orchestra performs in Parliament

As we draw a close to Black History Month in the UK, Wycombe Steel Orchestra makes history in Parliament being the first Steelband to perform in the Atrium, Portcullis House.

A unique performance of melodies surrounded Parliament with the beautiful sound of steelpan music on Wednesday 29th October 2014, hosted by Steve Baker MP.

"It was a joy to welcome Wycombe Steel Orchestra to perform in Parliament and not just for me. MPs, staff and police officers had their evenings lifted by a superb performance in the Portcullis House atrium. Congratulations to SV2G and the band. Your music is a wonderful part of our community" – Steve Baker MP for Wycombe.

The evening promoted the work of SV2G profiling the enrichment of students in the UK participating in SV2G programmes. The new steelpan society at BPP University was launched adding an investment as part the students’ rich cultural experience of university life. Supporting the students Carl Lygo, Vice Chancellor for BPP university gave an address on the importance of student societies. The purpose of the society is to tutor BPP students on how to play steelpans that is unique to see as the first of its kind at BPP as it is the first Alumni Society. SV2G will be contributing to the student life of the university as it has impacted the lives of so many people and to give something back to an institution that has given us so much.

About SV2G: St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2nd Generation (SV2G) was established in 2003 and is an Arts & Heritage organisation that produces the annual Wycombe Community Festival. The organisation also and manages Wycombe Steel Orchestra and The School of Steelpan based in the town centre of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and is at the forefront in offering formal accreditation on the steelpan instrument. It coordinates a weekly community and schools workshop programme and has driven the development of SPETA, the Steelpan Educators & Tutors Association. SV2G offers a unique opportunity for young people giving encouragement to the next generation of a rich, diverse heritage to continue nurturing their confidence, helping them gain achievement and give a sense of identity working as a team.

Young people will be able to continue exploring and developing their creativity and cultural skills. SV2G were one of a hundred and seventeen Cultural Olympiad projects in the South East to have been awarded the coveted London 2012 Inspire Mark. SV2G is currently delivering a Cultural Legacy in Bucks.

About BPP: BPP University is a private university based in London dedicated to the study of business and the professions. The university is owned and run by BPP Holdings, a provider of professional and academic education that is part of the American higher education company Apollo Group.

BPP University is a UK degree-awarding body with four schools: BPP Business School, BPP Law School, BPP School of Health[2] and BPP School of Foundation and English Language Studies.

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